Liverpool are reportedly planning a £18m bid for Fiorentina and former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi in the January transfer window.
According to Italian media outlet ItaSportPress, as reported by Football Italia, Liverpool have scouted the 28-year-old Italian striker as one of their top targets for winter transfer market despite the fact that Rossi recently has struggled for playing time under Paulo Sousa this term.
The Italian marksman also was sidelined for the entire season last year with a major knee injury, and since then has struggled to fully recover from the injury and still in search of his match fitness. Keeping this in mind, it looks like a strange move from Jurgen Klopp to bring him in.
If the rumours are true, it would be a great opportunity for the former Manchester United starlet to return to England, who managed to impress at Old Trafford before returning to his country back in 2007 to join Parma ahead of a successful spell with Spanish side Villarreal.
Rossi netted 16 times in 21 Serie A matches during the 2013/14 season, and on his day is still regarded as one of the top strikers in the Italian football.
The prolific striker also will be keen to secure a place in Antonio Conte’s Italy squad for Euro 2016. He has yet to open his Serie A account this term but managed to score two Europa League goals.
However, remaining match fit has been a major issue which has affected the Italian in recent years. However, despite his agent insisting that his client is currently satisfied where he is, Rossi’s lack of playing time with Fiorentina could see him going back to England.
His agent Andrea Pastorello said, “He’s like a dog chasing his tail. To be a top player he has to get back to full fitness, but to do that he needs to play consistently.
“It’s a thought, nothing more. It’s absolutely not a problem or a controversy, but there’s no doubt that if he doesn’t play it’ll be difficult for him to get back to being the top player he is.”
Klopp will need forwards with more appetite than Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino to pressure the opposition. In their last league encounter, Newcastle too often got behind the Red’s botched pressing game that left the centre-backs isolated against the Newcastle’s runners. To execute the tactics he follow with any level of consistency, the new Liverpool boss will need to bolster his attacking force in the January transfer window.